I often like to photograph the small details in the places I travel, many of them are just areas of visual interest, others have special significance. From doors to ornate stained glass windows or portions of the building. This particular vignette is of the King's Gallery on the West Facade of Notre Dame Cathedral.
28 statues of the Kings of Judah and Israel stand across the mid level above the doorways on the main entrance of the cathedral. All were decapitated or destroyed during the French Revolution. The revolutionaries mistakenly believed the statues to be French kings instead of biblical kings. The empty gallery openings and decapitated statues were restored by architect Viollet-le-Duc in the mid-19th century. In the 1970's, the remains of some of the statues were discovered and can now be seen at the Middle-Ages Museum.
Notre Dame Cathedral - Kings Gallery - Travel photography with the Fuji X Series
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